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Why Holy Cow not on Indian currency? 63 Countries have Picture of this animal on their Currency Notes

Cows have found their way onto the notes of the currencies’ of many countries like Rwanda, Botswana, Burundi, Mexico, Swaziland, Somalia, Gambia and many more

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Dec 9, 2016: For centuries, cows have been considered sacred by Hindus but today the animal has become an integral part of India’s culture. According to ancient Hindu scriptures, the cow is the mother of the 33 crores of deities. Even though it is such an important part of the Indian culture, many of us wonder why it is somehow missing from the currency notes of India?

Cows have found their way onto the notes of the currencies’ of many countries like Rwanda, Botswana, Burundi, Mexico, Swaziland, Somalia, Gambia to name a few.

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Recently, India has included its mission to mars called ‘Mangalyaan’ on the new Rs 2000 note released after the demonetization.

Milk is not the only product cows provide us with. A cow’s urine is a potent carcinogen, therefore it has health benefits too! But before we start exploiting the resources we have at hand like we always do. We need to protect and care for the animal as much as we respect it in our culture.

Nandi (a bull) is worshipped as the mount for Lord Shiva. Pixabay.
Nandi (a bull) is worshipped as the mount for Lord Shiva. Pixabay

Most people think that tethering a cow inside a cowshed is enough. But the cowsheds provide only a roof above their heads to avoid direct sunlight, but they still have to endure the weather conditions which are sometimes extreme. The ropes tying them are very short and the animals cannot even move their heads freely. The cows are separated from their calves for entire days and the isolation, that affect them mentally.

The cows are bred and raised in filthy conditions. The cows, when bathed are not cleaned properly and the water mixes with the dirt on the shed floor forming mud and becomes slurry which results in skin diseases. The cows suffer fatigue due to standing at one place for hours because of crowded shelters. Such cows along with the ones who are undernourished are then sent to slaughterhouses.

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When the milk production reduces, the owners resort to injecting them with oxytocin to squeeze out milk from the cows by contractions of the uterus.

If the cows are not being ill-treated in cowsheds they are being left to fend for themselves on streets and roads where they sometimes meet accidents and die or are severely injured. These cows in the process of feeding themselves from garbage dumps and other sources also ingest non-biodegradable waste like plastics and suffer worse fates.

Our country has the lowest dairy yield and of the worst nutrition value in the world. Therefore, we need better veterinary care for the cows by owners and more people to take care of them instead of fighting over their slaughter. These animals which represent grace and calm need to be respected by being protected.

– by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google, Facebook face greater scrutiny in Australia. Wikimedia Commons

Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?